Since 2006, the Society of American Foresters (SAF) has accredited our Master of Forest Resources – Forest Management (MFR) as the sole professional forestry program at our school. In 2015, we sought continued accreditation for this program, as well as accreditation for two options within our undergraduate Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Environmental Science and Resource Management: Sustainable Forest Management, and Natural Resource and Environmental Management.
As of January 1, 2017, the SAF Committee on Accreditation granted continued accreditation to our MFR program, initial accreditation to the Sustainable Forest Management option, and provisional accreditation to the Natural Resource and Environmental Management option! Accreditation for the two professional forestry programs, under the SAF Forestry Standard, is for 10 years, and the provisional accreditation of the Natural Resource and Environmental Management option—under the SAF Natural Resources and Ecosystem Management Standard—extends through 2019. These options are now the only SAF-accredited B.S. programs in Washington!
Gaining accreditation for these programs is great news for prospective and currently enrolled students, their families, our alumni and employers, and it further strengthens our ability to recruit and train the next generation of forestry and natural resource leaders. It also allows us to strengthen our long-time association with SAF, which began its accreditation of forestry programs more than 80 years ago!